Valerie Cassell’s no-hitter propels Softball to convincing sweep

The following is courtesy of CofC Athletics Communications:

Valerie Cassell threw a no-hitter for Charleston on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo Courtesy of CofCSports.com)

Valerie Cassell threw a no-hitter for Charleston on Tuesday afternoon.
(Photo Courtesy of CofCSports.com)

Sophomore Valerie Cassell threw her first career no-hitter to embark the Cougars towards a convincing doubleheader sweep of South Carolina State at Patriots Point on Tuesday afternoon.

CofC (7-7 overall) outhit the Bulldogs, 28-2, en route to 10-0 and 12-0 run-rule induced victories.

Cassell (Edison, N.J.) denied the Bulldogs a base runner until a last-inning fielding error took the perfect game off the board, but she still faced the absolute minimum-15 hitters by initiating a game-ending 1-6-3 double play to finalize her finest career outing to date.

She struck out seven of the 15 batters she faced, including the first five hitters to step into the box, and required just seven outs of her defense (four excluding the three assists she made herself) as she threw just 48 pitches and 62 strikes (77%).

In game two, Hope Klicker (Walla Walla, Wash.) and Jen Rosene (Charlotte, N.C.) combined to strike out four hitters in the five innings of shutout softball that they dealt. Each only allowed one hit as Klicker pitched 3.0 innings to earn the win and Rosene mowed through the SC State lineup for the remaining two innings.

The offense did its part as well with 15 different Cougars combining for CofC’s 28 hits and .560 (28-for-50) batting average on the day. With 11 hits going for extra bases, the Cougars slugged at .900 on the afternoon.

Carly Hansis (Little River, S.C.) went 4-for-5 on the day with five RBIs and the second homerun of her career, a three-run shot to left center in game two.

“It was nice to clear the bench and get a lot of kids some playing time,” said head coach Linda Kalafatis. “We’ve been working in practice on doing the things we did today, and there are still some things that we aren’t doing well. This gave us an opportunity to recreate some things and identify the things we need to work on.

“The no-hitter for Cassell was great to see. I don’t care who you’re playing or where you are; a no-no is hard to get, and the offense helped her out by cutting it to five innings. It was great seeing Jen get out there and throw; we haven’t seen her throw at all yet since she was out all fall.

“We just try to put the focus on us and work on the things we need to work on.”

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